Information in english

Folkehøgskolen Sørlandet (Folk high school Sørlandet) is a Norwegian boarding school. We offer a wide range of courses for Norwegian students, and a course for international students in Norwegian language and culture.

This section offers information about this and other courses, the school, important dates, economical issues, application and also about the opportunity to contact us.

Note that applicants from other countries must have relatives or friends in Norway who can take the responsibility of a Contact Person between the school and the student. This person must be fluent in Norwegian and have a Norwegian residence. The Contact Person is also supposed to invite the student to stay with him or her in the school’s holidays (the Autumn, Christmas, Winter and Easter holidays), as the school is closed on these occations.

As mentioned, Folk High School Sørlandet (Former Birkeland Folk High School) is a boarding school. The Folk High Schools focus on the combination of academic learning and an active social environment. With about 130 other people plus staff around you 24 hours of the day, you really learn to interact within a large group. The students 007come from all the different parts of Norway and from many other countries as well.

The school has a very international profile with a course in global focus in addition to the course for international students. You''ll get the opportunity to make many friends from many different parts of the world.

The school is situated on the southernmost part of Norway, only 30 kilometres (19 miles) northeast of Kristiansand. Kristiansand international airport Kjevik is only 20 kilometres (13 miles) away.

At Folkehøgskolen Sørlandet you will meet a language teaching method called suggestopedia.

This is a fun, intuitive and joyful way of learning. The teaching is customized to you and other beginners in Norwegian. It is also a good method for people who want to improve the Norwegian they already know.

Oral activities are important, making it easier for you to start understanding Norwegians and to talk with them.

At Folkehøgskolen Sørlandet you will get the opportunity to grow and to develop professionally and as a human being in the international society we all are a part of.

In the dormitory, during meals, on trips, during musical work and physical activities and classroom lessons, - through all this and so much more you will get to know other people and to make new friends. And you will get to know better who YOU are.

You WILL learn about the Norwegian language, and even how to use it if you want.

But we also want to give you insight and understanding of Norwegian culture and society, such as music, food, politics, traditions, culture treasures and nature.

And we want you to teach us about your country and your culture.

In class we work individually and in groups, and you have classes together with others courses at school. To be fluent in Norwegian, you need a strong self-discipline, as you need to study on your own in addition to the lessons. We strongly recommend you to take part in activities during afternoons and evenings. This will give you many occasions to hear and to speak Norwegian. Only practice makes perfect.

In addition to our professional focus in class the students at this course also get to experience selected tastes of Norway, - especially Sørlandet, the southern part of the country

  • The Pulpit Rock
  • The Skerries
  • Museums
  • Hiking
  • Visits in our own region
  • Concerts

Together with the entire school, we're exploring Cambodia and Thailand!

We will visit a lot of exciting places:

  • We will visit the ruin city of Angkor Wat and the Angkor Wat Temple, one of the eastern mysteries with remains from a mighty empire and of course part of UNESCO's World Heritage list.
  • We visit the great city of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. There are many magnificent buildings, busy people and monuments that tell stories of this city's dramatic past. We also visit Tuol Sleng, an important center of the Pol Pot terror regime.
  • We visit Thailand's beautiful beaches. We end the trip with a few days on some fantastic beaches.

For the school year 2020/2021 the following figures are valid:

  • Admissions fee (which must be paid when you are admitted to the school): NOK 2 500
  • Tuition fee (food and lodging in twin bed room, school trip to Cambodia, also includes copying fee, use of washing machine etc): NOK 98.500
  • Books, materials, Joint trips, excursions etc.: NOK 8.500 

Please note that the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requires that applicants from outside the EU pay for the entire year before any application for a residence permit can be processed. For the academic school year of 2020-21, the amount of money that should be payed to our account before the application can be further processed is set to 107.000,- by the norwegian UDI.

You may contact the school if you want to receive a payment plan for your stay.

NOTE! Every folk-high school, including Folkehøgskolen Sørlandet, has a rule that any student who quits prematurely must pay for six weeks in addition to the time he or she stays at the school.

Online application

If you need, don't hesitate contacting the school and ask for information and an application form by mail.

Contact the school

There are various ways of getting in touch with us, and please do:

E-mail: post(at)fhssorlandet.no

Telephone: +47 37 28 11 00

Telefax: +47 37 28 11 01

The international course


To apply for the International Course, please follow this link.

Contact the school

Please don't hesitate contacting us:


E-mail: post(at)fhssorlandet.no

Telephone: +47 37 28 11 00